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JSW Cement seeks approval for new Karnataka plant

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India’s JSW Cement Ltd is planning to set up a 3 million tpa clinkerisation plant in Gulbarga district in northern Karnataka at cost of approximately Rs.2000 – 2500 crore. The company is currently in the process of seeking statutory approvals from the Ministry of Environment and Forests to commence exploratory drilling at a limestone deposit close to the proposed plant site.

Pankaj Kulkarni, Director of JSW Cement, stated that the Karnataka Government had allotted the deposit to the company, and that it must commence drilling to estimate the reserve. Following drilling, the land acquisition would be initiated. According to Kulkarni, the project is still in the preliminary stages and will take around two to three years to materialise.

The proposed plant forms part of JSW Cement’s plan to increase its cement production capacity to 25 million tpa by 2025. The company currently operates three manufacturing facilities (at Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh, Vijayanagar in Karnataka and Dolvi in Maharashtra), which have a combined capacity of 6 million t of Portland slag cement (PSC).

Edited from various sources by Rosalie Starling


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